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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 26. Military Affairs, Veterans, and Disasters
- Chapter 20. Homeland Security and Civil Defense
- Section 40. Emergency Powers of the Governor.
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AS 26.20.040. Emergency Powers of the Governor.
- (a) In the event of actual enemy or terrorist attack in or against the state, or a credible threat of imminent enemy or
terrorist attack, the governor may declare that a state of emergency exists, and, during the period of time that the
state of emergency exists or continues, the governor has and may exercise the additional emergency power
- (1) to enforce all laws and regulations relating to homeland security and civil defense and assume direct operational
control of all homeland security and civil defense forces and helpers in the state;
- (2) to seize, take, or condemn property if, and only to the extent that, the governor determines that the property is
needed for the protection of the public, including
- (A) transportation and communication equipment, except newspapers and news services;
- (B) fuel;
- (C) food, clothing, equipment, materials, medicines, and supplies; and
- (D) facilities including buildings and plants;
- (3) to sell, lend, give, or distribute the fuel, food, clothing, medicines, and supplies among the inhabitants of the
state and account to the commissioner of revenue for funds received for the property;
- (4) to make compensation for the property seized, taken, or condemned on the basis described in AS 26.20.045
- (5) to suspend the provisions of a regulatory statute prescribing procedures for the conduct of state business or the
order or regulation of a state agency if compliance with the provisions of the statute, order, or regulation would
prevent, or substantially impede or delay, action necessary to cope with the emergency;
- (6) to use all available resources of the state government and of each political subdivision of the state as reasonably
necessary to cope with the emergency;
- (7) to transfer personnel or alter the functions of state departments and agencies or units of them for the purpose of
responding to or facilitating the response to the emergency;
- (8) to perform and exercise other functions, powers, and duties that are considered necessary to promote and secure the
safety and protection of the civilian population.
- (b) A state of emergency declared under (a) of this section may not remain in effect longer than 30 days unless extended
by the legislature by law and may be terminated by law or withdrawal of the declaration.
- (c) In this section, "credible threat of imminent enemy or terrorist attack" means a threat of attack against persons or
property in the state that the adjutant general of the department or a designee of the adjutant general, in
consultation with the commissioner of public safety or a designee of the commissioner of public safety, certifies to
the governor has a high probability of occurring in the near future; the certification must be based on specific
information received from a local, state, federal, or international agency, or another source that the adjutant general
or the designee of the adjutant general, in conjunction with the commissioner of public safety or a designee of the
commissioner of public safety, determines is reliable.
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